It took the state authorities a total of 13 years to manage to fire a treasurer who had embezzled 135.159 euros from the funds of a municipality on the island of Crete.
The case started in December 2004, when an audit control discovered a cash deficit of 961.757 euros in the municipality.
the treasurer who has been in this position since 1994, initially spoke of an “accounting error” due to the transition from one registration system to a new one. the claim was not founded and the treasurer was prosecuted for a number of felony charges. He was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment.
Initially, the three-member Criminal Appeals Court of Crete found him guilty of all offenses except for fraud and sentenced him to a total imprisonment of 19 years.
He then appealed and the Five-Member Criminal Court of Crete found him guilty of the offense of embezzlement for the total amount of 135. 159 euros. He was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment.
In the meantime, the Disciplinary Board of Local Authorities brought a disciplinary procedure against him. In the hearing, he claimed he was executing orders by the Mayor and that the “draft registration book” was destroyed.
In the meantime, the disciplinary procedure was also brought against him by the Board of Local Authorities. There he claimed that he was executing orders from the Mayor and that the “draft book” had been destroyed. He claimed further that he was registering the payments and other expenses of the municipality in this ‘unofficial book.’
The Disciplinary Board decided that he should be fired. He appealed to the Council of State asking the annulment of the Board decision and to return for work at the Municipality.
The Council of State dismissed all this claims as “unfounded” and confirmed his final dismissal. source
PS Do not ask me how the total cash deficit of over 900K euros was reduced to 135K. It’s one of the many miracles in this country.